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DMV reopening all remaining field offices across California this week

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 15:54:12-04

(KGTV) -- The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles is reopening its remaining field offices that were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Thursday, June 11, 169 DMV locations across California will reopen for customers that have appointments and provide service for limited transactions that require an in-person visit.

DMV field offices were closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic but select locations around the state began reopening in May with limited service.

Although field offices will reopen, many services -- including behind-the-wheel drive tests – are not available for the time being. Officials said behind-the-wheel testing will return in the coming weeks.

DMV officials are urging customers to continue “to use its online services, expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals.”

Among the limited services being offered at field offices:

  • Paying registration for an impounded vehicle due to registration-related issues
  • Reinstating a suspended or revoked river license
  • pplying for a reduced-fee or no-fee identification card
  • Processing commercial driver license transactions
  • Applying for a disabled person parking placards
  • Adding ambulance certificate or firefighter endorsement to a driver license
  • Verifying transit training document to drive transit bus
  • Process DMV express customers for REAL ID transactions, if time and space allow
  • Vehicle verifications

DMV officials said the department is rescheduling any appointments that were canceled during the closure and notifying customers of new appointment dates.

At each field office, employees will be wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing protocols, and will have access to disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, field shields, gloves, and soap and water.

All customers will be required to wear a face covering and remain at least six feet apart from others when in line. Officials said, “Customers are offered a text message that will allow them to wait outside the building until notified they are ready to be served. Entry into the building is metered, and customers may experience extended wait times.”